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NSTIC Unveils $10 Million Program for Online Identity Pilot Programs

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) took a big step forward to gain confidence that there is more than just talk to the strategy by announcing a new Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) for pilot programs to support the NSTIC.  The NSTIC vision is for individuals and organizations to have secure, efficient, easy-to-use and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice and innovation.

According to the announcement:

The goal of this new grant program is to test or demonstrate new solutions, models or frameworks that do not exist in the marketplace today, and that will advance the NSTIC vision . . . Specifically, the NSTIC National Program Office is interested in funding pilot projects with innovative approaches to address some or all of the barriers that have hindered past federated identity efforts, and do so in a way that aligns with and advances the NSTIC’s four guiding principles.

The NSTIC National Program Office is planning a Proposer’s Day on February 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Department of Commerce Auditorium in Washington, D.C.. The event will also be webcast live with questions being accepted via Twitter (at #nstic).